Would you like to help your child grow their speech and social skills while inspiring creativity with just one book? Speech-language pathologists, Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm have created a series of books that teach children creative play and how to comunicate with others.
Reading and Learning
Think & Play the Social ScoutsWay: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! is a story that follows Leo, the main character, while he learns how to play like a firefighter. The book is easy to read and easily grabs the attention of my almost 3 year old. Each page involves the reader by asking questions that prompt thinking and responses. The story begins as Leo first has to think about the job of a firefighter. Once he figures out what a firefighter wears, does, drive, then he is able to pretend being a firefighter. The illustrations in the book are realistic. When Leo is able to pretend being a firefighter, you are able to see how he uses every day items to stand in the place of firetrucks, uniform, firehouse etc.
As adults, its important that we inspire creativity in children. Technology plays a major role in children’s daily lives. It affects how children interact with others and interferes with their ability to do creative, imaginative play. By reading to them and giving them time away from the screen, it encourages them to engage with others and inspires creativity. This prepares them for school and other social interactions as they grow.
About the authors
Marenda-Miller and Wilhelm work in a private practice in Los Angeles. The co-founded the therapeutic program called Social Scouts in 2010 that helps children make and keep friendships. Unable to find books that help teach imagination, pretend play skills and inspire creativity, they decided to create their own. Firefighter Leo to the Rescue is the first in their series.
Where can the book be found
You can find more about the book (purchase or download) and the authors at www.socialscoutsla.com